Peren­nial rivers will van­ish soon: Jaggi Va­sudev

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

CHANDIGARH: Coim­bat­ore-based Isha Foun­da­tion head Sad­hguru Jaggi Va­sudev, who was here to pro­mote his ini­tia­tive ‘Rally for Rivers’, on Fri­day said the coun­try was head­ing to­wards a dis­as­ter since most of the peren­nial rivers have be­come sea­sonal and they are most likely to van­ish if the trend con­tin­ues.

Gov­er­nors of Pun­jab and Haryana VP Singh Bad­nore and Kap­tan Singh Solanki, Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar and Chandigarh MP Kir­ron Kher were present on the oc­ca­sion. In their ad­dress, the four sup­ported the cause. Pun­jab CM Capt Amarinder Singh was ex­pected to at­tend the event but his visit was can­celled at the last minute. He was rep­re­sented by wife Pre­neet Kaur, former min­is­ter of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs.

Sad­hguru ap­pealed to the peo­ple to make the ini­tia­tive a mass move­ment, af­ter which the Cen­tre could be ap­proached to for­mu­late a pol­icy to save wa­ter. “It ev­ery­thing goes fine, it will take 15-20 years when the re­sults will be seen and wa­ter flows in the rivers would rise,” he said.

He said in 50 years wa­ter flow­ing in Nar­mada has de­pleted by 60%, Kr­ishna (70%), Cau­veri (40%) and Ganga by (44%). On many states fight­ing wa­ter wars with their neigh­bours, he said they have to come to­gether to ar­rive at a con­sen­sus.

Dams are not the best way to con­serve wa­ter in a trop­i­cal coun­try like In­dia where sum­mer tem­per­a­ture rises above 35 de­gree cel­sius and evap­o­ra­tion is huge. “But when these dams were planned, coun­try was had dif­fer­ent chal­lenges, it was to fight hunger and to be­come food grain suf­fi­cient such mea­sures were re­quired,” he said, adding that now dis­man­tling these dams would lead to un­rest.

PUN­JAB SIGNS PACT

The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Isha Foun­da­tion, the pro­moter of rally, for rivers’ ini­tia­tives. As per the MoU, the gov­ern­ment would work with the foun­da­tion for con­ser­va­tion of ecol­ogy.

(From right) Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khat­tar, gover­nor Kap­tan Singh Solanki, Sad­hguru Jaggi Va­sudev, Pun­jab gover­nor and UT ad­min­is­tra­tor VP Singh Bad­nore, Chandigarh MP Kir­ron Kher in Chandigarh tak­ing a pledge to save rivers in Chandigarh on Fri­day. ANIL DAYAL/HT

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